Reuters / FW1F / Grant McCool
A judge at the Brazilian Supreme Court annulled, on Monday, the criminal convictions of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in a move that could allow him to run in the presidential elections next year.
In a surprising ruling, Judge Edson Vakin said that a court in the southern city of Curitiba had no authority to prosecute had it not been for corruption charges and he should be retried before federal courts in the capital, Brasilia.
The ruling, which will be reviewed by the Supreme Court in its entirety, will restore his political rights and may open the door for him to win the 2022 presidential race, which President Jair Bolsonaro is expected to run in pursuit of a new term.
Lula was sentenced to Brazil between 2003 and 2011, and then imprisoned and convicted of corruption in 2018, which prevented him from running in the elections that year.